Bogus soldier held, yields gun, fake IDs

April 01, 2020
Pedro Ipunla
Ipunla behind bars shortly after his arrest. Photo by GEMI FORMARAN

TIAONG, Quezon -- Authorities manning a checkpoint held a Cavitenio businessman who introduced himself as a military man but turned out to be a sham at  Bgy. Lalig, here, on Tuesday.

Quezon police director, Col. Audie Madrideo, said Pedro Ipunla, Jr., 43, of Purok 6, Bgy Lallana, TreceMartires City, Cavite yielded an unlicensed Glock cal. 40, with three magazines loaded with 42 live bullets and twenty-four extra ammunition and some fake identification cards.

Madrideo said Ipunla was driving his Toyota Tamaraw Wagon bearing plate number XY- 879 traversing southbound lane along Maharlika Highway at said village when he was flagged down by personnel of Tiaong police station under Lt. Col. Dennis de Leon and a group of Philippine Army reservists manning an Enhanced Community Quarantine Checkpoint.

When asked about his permit to travel, Madrideo said Ipunla, who failed to show any document, immediately introduced himself as an officer of the Philippine Army while showing his IDs which turned out to be bogus.

The suspect was detained at the locked up jail and was charged with usurpation of authority and illegal possesion of firearm  and violations of Republic Act  11332.